Burdekin LDMG meets over COVID-19
The Burdekin LDMG held an extraordinary meeting at midday today to update community leaders and emergency services on COVID-19 and the preventative measures everyone in the community should be taking.
The Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) held an extraordinary meeting at midday today to update community leaders and emergency services on COVID-19 and the preventative measures everyone in the community should be taking to slow its spread.
The meeting included a presentation from Queensland Health officials on everything known about novel coronavirus COVID-19 so far, as well as a request to remain calm and use common sense.
The LDMG Chair said everyone should take simple measures to look after themselves and avoid placing extra strain on the public health system.
“There is a lot of information being circulated about COVID-19 and I want to remind everyone to only follow the advice of reliable sources – for us, this is Queensland Health,” the LDMG Chair said.
“This virus will present as no worse than a bad flu for many people, and there is a very high chance it will make its way to the region – but if everyone in the Shire is hit by it at once, resources will be exhausted. The aim now is to slow the spread and ease pressure on our already-stretched medical professionals.
“At the present, you are unlikely to test positive for COVID-19 if you haven’t recently travelled internationally or been in close contact with someone who has – however if symptoms arise, please call ahead for advice from a medical professional.
“The most important thing is to use common sense. Wash your hands regularly – soap is much cheaper than bottles of hand sanitizer and can be even more effective! Avoid shaking hands or making physical contact with members of the public, and regularly sanitize surfaces in your business.
“If any risk factors apply to you – whether you have travelled overseas or been in close contact with someone who has, and show flu-like symptoms – please self-isolate immediately and contact a medical professional. Don’t wait to be diagnosed: COVID-19 is contagious during the incubation period, at which time symptoms often haven’t presented themselves.
“For any businesses who may be impacted, yesterday’s Federal economic stimulus package announcement included funding to support business investment and provide cash flow assistance. Local agribusiness exporters and supply chain partners will also be eligible for funding from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – get in contact with the relevant agencies for further information.”
For updates on novel coronavirus COVID-19, all Queensland residents are urged to follow the advice and directions of Queensland Health – visit health.qld.gov.au